GameWorks, an esports and game entertainment center located at Newport on the Levee, has closed for good, the company announced in a Facebook post last week.
The closing of the gaming center comes as the company has had its business "turned upside down" with "no choice other than to close" due to a slow economic recovery amid the COVID-19 pandemic, the company said. GameWorks has been a tenant of Newport on the Levee since the Northern Kentucky dining, retail, and entertainment center opened in 2001. The gaming center opened its esports lounge with 100 video game titles in 2019.
GameWorks, which featured private party rooms that can host up to 600 guests and video games, pinball machines, electromechanical games, and more, opened its first location in Seattle in 1996. The company, which was a joint venture between Sega, Universal Studios, and DreamWorks, also recently closed its Las Vegas and Seattle locations.